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Giants can't find a place for Marco Scutaro yet
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Giants infielder Marco Scutaro was out of the starting lineup for the third straight day Thursday against the Phillies, as the team continues to struggle finding a place for him in his recovery from a back injury.

"I'll just use him off the bench today and we'll see where he’s at when we get back,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy told CSNBayArea.com Thursday. "Hopefully we'll get to a point where we’re more comfortable putting him out there a couple times a week."

Scutaro will likely start one game this weekend against the Giants, but the report indicates opposing team scouts have been unimpressed by Scutaro both at the plate and in the field since his return. 

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Brandon Belt cleared to travel, still not working out
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Giants first baseman Brandon Belt was cleared to fly with the team back to San Francisco following the conclusion of their series in Philadelphia Thursday, CSNBayArea.com reports.

Belt is recovering from a concussion, and has still not been cleared to begin physical activities. He has spent most of the team's series in Philadelphia stuck in the team's hotel, and remains without a timeline at this point.  

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Michael Pineda throws two innings
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda (shoulder) had his scheduled simulated game rained out, so he pitched inside and threw the equivalent of two innings, reports The Journal News. Pineda will throw three innings or 45 to 50 pitches early next week, the report said.

Manager Joe Girardi told the paper he wasn't sure whether that would be a simulated game or in the minors.

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Wilmer Flores getting the call Thursday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The Mets have recalled Wilmer Flores, who will join the team in Milwaukee Thursday, the team announced. A corresponding move has not yet been announced.

Earlier in the week, manager Terry Collins told reporters he did not expect Flores to be called up soon, despite hitting .323/.367/.568 in 55 games at Triple-A Las Vegas. His expected role is not yet known. 

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Rockies not resigned to trading Jorge De La Rosa
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The Rockies have fielded offers for pitcher Jorge De La Rosa, but are asking for top young pitchers and may not find a deal they want, according to a report from CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman Thursday.

The Rockies recently asked the Orioles for Kevin Gausman in an offer for De La Rosa, but were rebuffed. Heyman reports the Rockies are considering an attempt to re-sign De La Rosa this offseason. At the very least, the team has already informed De La Rosa they will extend a qualifying offer to him, making them eligible for draft pick compensation if he signs elsewhere.

De La Rosa has a 4.19 ERA in 116 innings, with an 11-6 record this season.  

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'Highly unlikely' Joel Hanrahan returns this season
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski acknowledged it's "highly unlikely" reliever Joel Hanrahan will pitch this season. "At this point I would say we're not counting on him at all. It does not sound encouraging," Dombrowski said.

Hanrahan suffered a setback this week in his comeback from Tommy John surgery.

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Phillies manager eyeing platoon with Ryan Howard
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard was out of the lineup for the second game in a row Thursday against the Giants in favor of Darin Ruf, and manager Ryan Sandberg told MLB.com this might become a recurring theme.

"The way I see things," Sandberg said. "I basically wanted to give Ruf two days in a row, just to get his feet wet, see him against a right-handed pitcher, then go from there. But in all likelihood, at least after today it will be a scenario of ... I'd be considering a platoon system at first base."

Howard was actually out of the lineup against a right-handed pitcher Thursday, but Sandberg said he wanted to give Darin Ruf two consecutive starts after his callup. The Phillies face two left-handed pitchers during a three-game series against the Diamondbacks beginning Friday, so Sandberg may also get him some time off then.

Howard is struggling against both right and left-handed pitchers this season, but has 10 of his 15 home runs against righties. He is hitting .229/.314/.368 against righties, compared to .209/.275/.407 vs. the opposite hand. 

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Angel Pagan hits soft toss Thursday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Giants outfielder Angel Pagan took another small step forward in his recovery from a back injury Thursday, as he was able to hit soft toss before the team's game.

Pagan took swings off a tee for the first time earlier in the week, want was able to move on to hitting balls tossed to him by coaches Thursday. He remains without a concrete timetable to return, and it is not yet clear when he is expected to take on live pitching for the first time. 

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Masahiro Tanaka feeling less pain
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is starting to feel less pain in his elbow, general manager Brian Cashman said on ESPN Radio. 

"He’s improved, but he still feels it, although on a daily basis it decreases," Cashman said. "So that’s good, but it’s not good that he’s still feeling it at this stage. So it’s just day-by-day, week-by-week and we’ll adjust accordingly. It’s too early to call."

Tanaka went on the DL on July 9 with right elbow inflammation and a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. He won't try to throw for two more weeks, manager Joe Girardi said.

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Mark Teixeira could be placed on DL
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the team will decide Friday whether to put first baseman Mark Teixeira on the disabled list, reports the Wall Street Journal. Teixeira will miss his fourth straight game Thursday with a strained lat.

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